6.1 Release Notes - Version 1.3.5

"I've had nothing yet, so I can't take more."

"You mean you can't take less. It's very easy to take more than nothing."

SPECIAL NOTE ON UPGRADING - README FIRST! - If you use the standard CANCEL BUTTON in your application and validate is set to true for that mapping, you MUST also specify "cancellable=true" in the mapping, otherwise, an InvalidCancelException will be thrown if the Cancel button is used. See the new Opt-In Cancel Handling feature for more.

                        <action path="/ActionThatCanBeCancelled"


This section contains release notes for changes that have taken place to Struts, since the Version 1.3.3 distribution. To keep up-to-date on all changes to the framework, subscribe to the (commits at struts.apache.org) list. To preview our plans for upcoming changes, please visit the Roadmap page .

  • Notes on upgrading are maintained in the Wiki Upgrade pages. The wiki is a community maintained resource - please feel free to add your input so that everyone can benefit from the collective experience.

For the version requirements of each library, see the Installation chapter.

Highlights of Changes

The purpose of this section is to highlight the new features since the Version 1.3.3 distribution. For more detail, see the Project Info reports for each component, which include a list of external dependencies.

You can also access to the Apache Struts source repository and change logs directly through both web browser and Subversion client interfaces.


The Struts 1.3.5 distribution contains the eight components: Core, Applications, EL, Extras, Faces, Scripting, Taglib, and Tiles.

The entire Struts distribution, including the website, is being built with Maven 2. But, of course, you can continue to build your own projects any way you like!

Specification Changes

The 1.3.x series of Struts has a minimum requirement of the following specification versions:

  • Java Servlet 2.3 and JavaServer Pages (JSP) 1.2
  • Java 2 Standard Platform Edition (J2SE) 1.4

Dependency Changes

A following software dependency change applies to this distribution:

Resolved Issues

The following issues have been resolved since the 1.3.3 test build:


  • [STR-2901] - Map-backed forms won't work with ')' characters in keys
  • [STR-2890] - DEFINE tag causes compilation issues
  • [STR-2887] - TagUtils.instance is private final. Please allow to change the instance with a custom one! Maybe put it protected only!
  • [STR-2883] - The command/action corresponding to RequestProcessor.processCachedMessages() method appears to be missing in 1.3
  • [STR-2881] - PerformForward command not honoring "module" property of ForwardConfig
  • [STR-2879] - when used in modules, TilesPreProcessor not backwards compatible with 1.2.x
  • [STR-2877] - TestModuleConfig fails when run offline
  • [STR-2876] - Tiles 1.1 DTD registration is missing from XmlParser
  • [STR-2872] - Section "4.3.3 Map-backed ActionForms" of User's Manual contains a dead link
  • [STR-2870] - The Specification-Title in the jar file manifests is corrupted
  • [STR-2866] - Struts Tiles jar is missing dtd, tld and chain config files
  • [STR-2862] - Cannot load a validator resource from '/WEB-INF/validator-rules.xml
  • [STR-2859] - When using <html:html xhtml="true"> the form name is not used but the id, and the client validation using javascript fails
  • [STR-2795] - Postback Forms - Caching and Modules
  • [STR-2527] - Attributes with <rtexprvalue>false</rtexprvalue> in TLD prevent EL evaluation
  • [STR-2496] - [struts-faces] Example applications don't work?!
  • [STR-2493] - [struts-faces] ErrorsRenderer assumes ActionErrors
  • [STR-1892] - timezone support for bean:write tag


  • [STR-2898] - Rename Struts Action 1 to Struts 1
  • [STR-2892] - Remove old cactus config
  • [STR-2871] - Rename the release notes so that the filename contains a single period
  • [STR-2853] - Configure the CheckStyle plugin to use the struts_checks.xml file

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